Council of Europe warns Ukraine on consequences of dismissal of Constitutional Court judges

Source : 112 Ukraine

Council of Europe proposes to explore possible alternative ways to ensure the fight against corruption
16:26, 1 November 2020

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The Council of Europe recommends Ukraine to think about the consequences if the powers of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine are terminated. This is stated in the letter of the President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio and the President of the Group of States of the Council of Europe against Corruption (GRECO) Marina Mrchela to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov.

“We urge you to consider the adverse, profound and long-term implications for your country of a possible hasty decision to fire constitutional judges. We encourage you to explore possible alternative ways to ensure that combating corruption in line with international standards remains a priority for your country,” says in the message.

GRECO will continue to monitor Ukraine's compliance with international anti-corruption standards, and the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe as a whole are ready to urgently, but taking into account the necessary time, carry out a thorough analysis of possible options to help develop concrete solutions to resolve the current situation.

Related: EU supports Ukraine's decision to strip Constitutional Court off their authority

Earlier the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the unconstitutional provision on criminal liability for declaring false information, which caused criticism from both law enforcement and control bodies. According to the decision of the court, criminal liability for declaring false information is "excessive punishment" for a person.

The President of Ukraine, in turn, said that the electronic income declaration system will continue to operate despite the decision of the Constitutional Court, and the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption has restored public access to the registers of declarations of officials and MPs.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced draft law No. 4288 to the Verkhovna Rada, which proposes to deprive the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of their powers and restore the law on declaration that they had canceled.

Related: Venice Commission and GRECO oppose dismissal of judges of Constitutional Court of Ukraine

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